Bells Atlas

Bells Atlas

Tori Roze and The Hot Mess

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Soda Bar

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Bells Atlas
Bells Atlas
Soulful noise pop, inspired, propellent psych pop... Trying to nail down the sound of
Bells Atlas is a bit like narrating the inner workings of a kaleidoscope – where it's more about tripping out than nailing it down.

A surreal blend of r&b, psychedelia, jazz, and pop, rooted in the cultural bellwether of
Oakland, CA, Bells Atlas has supported a number of international artists and shared the stage with acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell, Angélique Kidjo and more. They have also been making a name for themselves nationally as the touring band for NPR’s Snap Judgment since 2016, and recently wrapped up a sold-out tour supporting Bermuda Triangle, side-project of Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard.

Channeling at once the ramshackle lo-fi beats of Tune-Yards and the sighing lullabies of Sade, Bells is like the passing bubbles of an unknown aquatic lifeform, music percolates from depths untaken, playing in a deep blue pool of life, death and the fluid in-between. 2018 promises to be a big year ahead for Bells Atlas – with a 10’’, full length LP and accompanying EP of all-original material prepped for release and club dates throughout the US.
Tori Roze and The Hot Mess
Tori Roze and The Hot Mess
Roze is a key artist in conveying the emotional intent behind a song. “Hearing Tori Roze’s sultry voice for the first time is like learning that Santa Claus isn’t real: it absolutely breaks your heart. Roze seduces you with her Erykah Badu-esque flair, and just when you think she can’t be any smoother, she claws her way into your ears with her rocking roars” (San Diego City Beat). The Hot Mess, comprised of five exceptional “pocket” players nailing unexpected arrangements to “blow your top” (one of which is Tori’s mother), leaves you reeling with toe-tapping excitement. Instrumentation: guitar (Johnny Alexander), bass (Harley Magsino), trombone/keys (Jordan Morita), flute/backup vocals (Lee Clark), vocals/trumpet/hand percussion (Tori Roze), and rotating drummers (Charles Weller & Tim Newton) complete this motley crew of intuitive technicians. The name says it all: The Hot Mess. Do not expect for their arrangements to be predictable or run-of-the-mill—this band is audibly unique. Musically likened to Chicago + Earth, Wind, and Fire with a slap of Amy Winehouse + Janis Joplin-style vocals; these guys have got the recipe for eargasmic pleasure.

Their debut album “From the Hip” was recorded live in one room, in one day, with 1-3 takes per song (something unheard of today) completing a full length LP with Grammy Award winning engineer Alan Sanderson. The band’s sophomore album “Turbulence” (which Roze deems a “modern-day eight track” because the album boasts eight hearty tracks) was recorded by San Diego-based recording great, engineer/musician Ben Moore. And finally, their most recent single “Irish Coffee” was brandished by the welcoming company of highly reputable San Diego-based musician/engineer Jeff Berkley. Most recently, their song “Sweet Drank” appeared in the film 66 & Nowhere (IMDB). With over seven hundred shows, six tours (New York, Austin, SF Bay Area, US West Coast, S. California), opening for huge acts (Nikka Costa, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, The Bird and The Bee), two albums, a licensed song, and a single under foot; the band is currently working on their third album, “Baggage Claim,” due out on all major digital platforms in summer 2018.

“We pride ourselves on not fitting into the mainstream. The beauty is in the difference. We make genuine art. We shape sound. We care about what we do. We like to put some stank on it, bottom line,” Roze says of their fearless musical style.

Their unique edge of heart-driven funky soul-jazz grooves enveloped in the emotionally potent lyrical truth that Roze serves up in spades; Tori Roze and The Hot Mess deliver serious human connection and an original sound that is absolutely unforgettable.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/